Deputy director-general (recruiting) of Bihar-Jharkhand zone Brigadier PM Rath, flanked by other officers, addresses a news meet in Ranchi on Wednesday. (Prashant Mitra)
Ranchi, Aug. 14: Touts who promise youths Indian Army jobs for cash run up a lucrative annual business of Rs 25 crore in Bihar and Jharkhand combined, a high-ranking recruitment official admitted before the media here in the capital this morning.
Brigadier P.M. Rath, deputy director-general (recruiting) of Bihar-Jharkhand zone, made this candid revelation at a news meet at Suchana Bhavan hosted ahead of the recruitment rally between September 3 and 12.
“According to our information, from every Indian Army candidate they manage to tap, touts take between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh in Jharkhand and between Rs 2.5 and 3 lakh in Bihar. The quantum of business is around Rs 25 crore annually,” he said.
“There are eight to 10 major players (touts), whom Indian Army has identified so far. We are taking necessary steps with the help of police and intelligence agencies,” the brigadier said.
“I can’t reveal names right now as the matter is sub judice. As the process of collecting evidence is on, it wouldn’t be proper to reveal their names,” the brigadier added.
Rath said that touts had devised ingenious ways of identifying “their” candidates.
These codes included visible symbols such as a tattoo, cloth tied in a particular way or having a mark, a tonsured head or even a telephone number scribbled on a submitted certificate.
“We would like to specify that there should be no tattoo on the candidates’ bodies or specific mark on any article of cloth worn by him. Heads shouldn’t be tonsured. Certificates will be checked for any extra information,” he said.
He also cautioned aspirants to keep away from touts and concentrate on mental and physical fitness. “Selection will be strictly on merit,” he stressed.
The army, “with good pay and perks” is one of the country’s largest employers. It also concentrates on reaching out to youths from backward districts to wean them away from Naxalite influence and integrate them with the national mainstream.
Rath also shared the details of the Indian Army recruitment rally.
“The army recruitment rally will be held at Birsa Munda Football Stadium at Morabadi, Ranchi, from September 3 to September 12. From September 3 to September 11, the rally is for Jharkhand youths of all the 24 districts. They will be selected across categories such as soldier (general duty), soldier (technical), soldier (tradesman) and soldier (clerk). On September 12, recruitment rally will be held for candidates from across 36 districts of Bihar for nursing corps. In all, some 50,000 candidates are likely to participate in the rally. Of them, some 1,500 are likely to be selected,” he said.
He asked aspirants to bring documents related to caste, domicile and character and education certificates to avoid last-minute rush and inconvenience.
“Only the domicile certificates issued by the deputy commissioners concerned are valid. A character certificate should be issued by an elected representative of the village and bear the candidate’s photograph,” he added.